Paola Hernández Fall/Winter 2016: The Cape of Our Dreams
We have a proposal: t’is the season to don a cape. Ditch the sequins this holiday and opt for a bold primary color with a minimalist feel by investing in a cape that you’ll actually wear more than once. We are smitten with the timely offerings from Paola Hernández and her fall/winter collection, to start. Drawing inspiration from One World Trade Center, the designer took a cue from the architecture of the building (its clean lines, inclusion of mirrors, and color palette) to create a collection of functional and elegant pieces including cape dresses, knits made in Los Angeles, ponchos constructed of merino wool and silk, and jumpsuits.
We got a glimpse of the thoughtfully wearable nature by trying on the Navy Long Cape Dress, which has left us dreaming of the occasions to wear it again. Not only was it comfortable (it’s made of 100% silk so feels amazing in direct contact with skin), but wearing it somehow gave a “I’m going to conquer this day”-kind of feeling.
Photos by John-Paul Palescandolo
As a two-piece dress that captures the trend of both a cape and cropped cut, the silhouette is flattering and clean. To wear it more casually, we recommend switching it up by pairing the cropped cape with an office-friendly pencil skirt (shown above) or high waist skinny jeans. Together with the floor-length skirt with a traditional center slit in the back, we can see this outfit being the standout at your next high-profile party or friend’s wedding — if you’re a bride-to-be it could also make for a unique choice for engagement photos or your rehearsal dinner (hint: something blue…).
This particular ensemble is available in navy blue and black ($580.00 at paolahernandez.com).